Plant Walk and Talk
Schuster Park (entry via Heather St) Tallebudgera - look for the rainbow flags!
Walking, talking, playing, listening and learning
Join Gold Coast Pride's Danni Zuvela and indigenous bush foods educator Paul Nihot for a queer guided walk among the beautiful plants of Schuster Park.
Listen and learn with all the senses as we identify the incredible native plant species springing up all around the park. Expect to smell eucalyptus, brush up close with a bottle brush, peel back the layers of the paperback, nibble on warrigal greens and listen to the living, breathing, network of plants around us.
Finding our connection with nature is ever more important as we rely on these exquisite greens for our ultimate survival.
Schuster Park is one of our city’s hidden gems. A former dairy farm, its pastures have been transformed by community care into a beautiful expansive green space nestled around a bend in Tallebudgera Creek. Filled with an array of native and introduced species in various stages of growth and development, the space is a subtle reminder of how identity can shift, adapt and blossom over time.
We’ll gather, mingle and go on a guided creekside walk, taking time to connect with the other organisms - human and non-human, animal, vegetable, mineral and algal, with whom we share time and space in the park. We’ll pay special attention to the unseen and overlooked, the unheard and under-heard inhabitants of the park as we learn about creek ecology, and develop our creek appreciation together.
After our creek walk, with members of the queer ecology group Seaweed Society, we’ll gather for a community picnic.
ABOUT THE GUIDES
Danni Zuvela is an artist, curator and writer who explores sound and listening as social practice, and non-humans as agents, protagonists and subjects. She is one of the convenors of the Seaweed Society and together with Vince Siciliani, directs Gold Coast Pride.
Paula Nihot is passionate about native plants and their extraordinary properties. Lemon Myrtle, wattleseed, lilly pilly, finger limes; Paula can share so many reasons why we should be planting and eating these wonderful local bushfood plants. Expect to share recipes, home gardening tips and a deeper appreciation for the wonderful Yugambeh country flavours we have around us.
A special invitation is extended to those exploring, questioning and realising their gender and experiencing gender diversity and gender fluidity in our community. Please join us as we appreciate and centre the magnificent creek flowing through the park from an LGBTIQA+ perspective and share time, activities and time in nature together.
All are welcome at this all-inclusive, all-ages, queer-friendly, family-friendly, mixed abilities event.
Schuster Park, Elanora (Access via Heather Street, Tallebudgera and pedestrian access via Nineteenth Avenue, Elanora)
Wheelchair accessible * Dog-friendly * Family-friendly
A collaboration between Gold Coast Pride, Seaweed Society and Daniele Constance